Strengthening Rural Governance for the Right to Adequate Food

Intensive areas- Karra (Khunti), Manika (Latehar);
Non-intensive areas- Chainpur (Gumla), Manoharpurn (West Singhbhum)
The right to food is a basic human right that protects every individual’s right to live in dignity, free from hunger and malnutrition.
The project is a right-based advocacy project ensuring the rights of the right holders of the National Food Security Act and raising issues from the community members to the concerned officials of the government. The project is not about charity, but about ensuring that all people have the capacity to feed themselves in dignity.
The project has adequate space for advocacy with the government together with coalition networks like the Right to Food Campaign and MGNREGA to monitor the issues and policy change (if required) on food security. Therefore, the project focuses on building a conducive ambience for advocacy not only from the community members but also from the coalition partners.


Vulnerable food and nutrition insecure population groups (rights holders) in four countries in Africa and Asia enjoy improved availability and accessibility of adequate food.

Key Objectives

  • Rights holders in selected communi­ties in the project regions and at national and supra-national (AU) level have developed and voiced their agenda regarding key issues for the realization of their right to adequa­te food, engaged in multi-stakeholder dialogues on these issues, and held duty bearers to account.
  • Awareness, capacities and mechanisms of duty bearers in the project regions for the realization of the right to adequate food have been strengthened, in particular with regard to key issues voiced by rights holders.
  • A more enabling environment for the realization of the right to adequate food in the countries has been promoted supra-nationally, nationally, regionally and locally, with emphasis on key issues voiced by rights holders
  • Program partners have the required capacities and tools to implement the program ensuring a high quality of work.

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Measurable outcomes

1. Rights holders’ perception of the quality, coverage and reliability of service delivery relevant to the right to adequate food has impro­ved in all four countries.
2. In all four project regions, local governments have strengthened a mechanism for active participation of rights holders, particularly wom­en, in decision-making processes (planning, budgeting) that affect their livelihoods, particularly their right to adequate food.
3. In all four countries, local govern­ments have introduced or impro­ved accountability mechanisms that provide information / trans­parency on budget spending on sectors relevant to the right to adequate food.
4. In each of the four countries, the implementation of at least one policy or legal provision consistent with the realization of the right to adequate food has been enforced.
5. Following a regional policy dialogue process, a proposal for an African Food Policy, cutting across sectors and joining up different levels of gov­ernance is developed and consid­ers key issues and solutions identi­fied by rights holders in the three Afri­can countries for the realization of their right to adequate food.




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